15. Ryan Ramczyk
Ramczyk had a good season when he was on the field. The problem for the Saints all over the offense was injury, and Ramczyk contributed to that problem by missing seven games and playing hurt in several others. However, he showed he could still reach an elite gear that few other RTs in the league can at his best. He was great in the run game, and though his PA% wasn’t elite, he led all tackles in pass block win rate. He’s a similar case to Quenton Nelson, as his overall play and time missed should perhaps warrant a lower ranking. However, three straight All-pro team selections prior to this season give me room to say had he been healthy he would’ve been better.
14. Quenton Nelson B+
Speaking of Quenton Nelson, let’s talk about him. If I’m being completely honest, he wasn’t one of the top 25 players just on overall performance this season. However, when he was healthy, he was a top-25 player this season. He still finished top 15 among guards in PA% at 3.35%, and his return to the lineup along with Braden Smith largely contributed to Jonathan Taylor having a breakout MVP caliber year. That, combined with just what we know he is as a player when healthy makes it hard for me to rank him any lower than this. I would’ve ranked him first on this list just a year ago. He is the perfect guard, and if he puts together a decade-long career that more closely resembles his first three seasons, he'll have a case for best guard of-time.
13. Wyatt Teller
Teller had another great season in 2021. His pass blocking took a slight step back, so it wasn’t quite as good as his 2020 season, but back to back all-pro second team appearances put him in the conversation for top-5 at his position. Teller was a fantastic run-blocker who helped the Browns finish tied for 1st in rush YPC. While he wasn’t elite in pass-pro his 3.8 PA% was still top 20 at his position, and he finished top 10 in pass block win rate.
12. Joe Thuney
Maybe 10 years ago, a guard of Thuney’s profile wouldn’t be in the conversation for top 5 at the position, but things have changed. Aaron Donald’s interior domination in the SB proved we can no longer only look at tackles as the only o-line position where pass pro is viewed as a more important skillset. The Chiefs had more pass snaps than any other NFL team, and Thuney was the best pass-blocking guard by a mile. His 1.9 PA% was the best of all guards, and he was one of only two non-centers that allowed pressure less than 2% of pass snaps. He was also first among guards in pass block win rate. While he’s not an elite run-blocker, Thuney is a good run blocker, so he’s not a one-dimensional player, he just isn’t as good in the run game as the other elite guards.
11. Creed Humphrey
Jamar Chase had an outstanding rookie season and was no doubt the best offensive rookie skill player. But Humphrey was the best offensive rookie in 2021. His rookie year was on par with guys like Zach Martin and Quenton Nelson, and it’s a shame he wasn’t rewarded like those guys with no pro-bowl or all-pro nod. Creed was great in the run and pass game. He finished top 5 among centers in run-block win rate, and was probably the best pass-blocking center in the league. He finished 2nd in PA% at 1.24% and had the best pass-block win rate among centers. It’s no wonder the Chiefs threw the ball so much, they had two guys upfront that led their position in pass-block win rate.